Tonight’s show at The Basement is a perfect lineup of the best of modern rock and roll with Ranch Ghost and Bows and Arrows with Missouri’s Ghost Dance. Tickets are $5. Show starts at 9 pm. 21+. Despite only releasing two 7″ and a live album on their website, Ranch Ghost has been picking up serious momentum. Bows and Arrows are quickly becoming a force in the local scene opening for acts like Weekend at The High Watt and playing shows at Boheme Collectif. Ghost Dance is scarily under the radar for a band that hits me right in my garage rock feels. Tonight is for the memory banks so you can say “holy shit I saw them play for $5.”
Upon first listening to Kendra Morris, I immediately recalled the vibe and emotion of Dusty Springfield’s landmark 1969 release “Dusty in Memphis.” While drawing a parallel to Dusty may seem obvious after you’ve heard Kendra’s 2012 release, Banshee, it’s worth noting that this songbird takes blue-eyed soul to a new and different level. You can’t just compare her to other soulful leading ladies. This chick is the real deal.
During the past few years, the New York singer has put her spin on covers ranging from Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” to “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak, and returns to Nashville tonight at The Basement at 9pm (with Blank Range & Julia Haltigan for only $5).
Today a new track from her upcoming release (a covers LP entitled Mockingbird) – premiered this morning on Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. While we at No Country share mixed feelings about Radiohead (or mostly just their hardcore fans, ok? Their fans can be really annoying.), I don’t think there’s any argument that this track maintains the emotion of the original release, but is an entirely different animal in itself. Me-ow.
Watch out Nashville, Anna Haas is not to be underestimated. I had the good fortune to spend Good Friday night catching her early set at The Basement and it was good, indeed. Anna, like many artists living in the internet age with instant access to a wide-range of diverse influences and crowd-funded enterprises (Kickstarter helped make her first record happen), defies simple classification. She calls her sound “indie soul rock” and for our purposes, we’ll see that and raise it with “uniquely authentic with a penchant for the piano and a flair for the theatrical” (she’s a triple threat – I submit her video for “Maypole” into evidence). While at times channeling Kimbra (particularly here), Candye Kane (circa Toughest Girl Alive), Monique Powell (of Save Ferris), with a little bit of a Tori Amos meets Amanda Palmer flavor, Anna remains always true to her own distinctive voice.
Unbeknownst to most, Jim James snuck down to 8th Avenue South on Friday night for a secret show at The Basement. We were lucky enough to be invited to one of the best shows that this guy has seen in a long, long, long (maybe ever) time.
After filling up about a quarter of the already cozy venue with soundboards and guitars, 50 lucky fan club members got +1 admission to see Jim James & some of My Morning Jacket try out some new songs from his impressive new solo LP, Regions of Light and Sound of God, which releases on February 5th on ATO Records. Of course, Jim and the boys (and girl) weren’t going to send all those fans home without running through some MMJ, as well.
The night got started with an always loopy and amazing set from Carl Broemel, and the crowd immediately knew that they were in for a psychedelic good time. The place was in a frenzy as Jim James made his way from his hideout upstairs at Grimeys down to the tiny Basement stage, and he immediately got the groove going with the first track, “State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U)” from the upcoming LP. I’ve seen lots and lots of shows at The Basement, but the sound in there on Friday night was absolutely unbelievable. It was like they transformed that tiny subterranean venue into Radio City Music Hall.
I was too in awe to spend the show looking through my crappy iPhone camera taking pictures. Luckily, kristibobo and cashmorgan were at least cognizant enough to photodocument the event. You can check those out below, and, if you haven’t already, I would definitely recommend that you get your tickets now for his May 2nd date at Cannery Ballroom. You can also head over to NPR to get a first listen of Regions of Light and Sound of God for another couple of days, and then you should go to Grimey’s to grab a copy on Tuesday.
I echo Jim’s above statement, and have to give a huge shoutout to Grimey and all the staff at Grimey’s and The Basement who made this happen for me and the other 130 fans who’s minds were blown on Friday night.
I remember listening to NPR in my car while driving in Green Hills, and they were doing a music segment on neo-soul artist Kendra Morris. They played a clip of the song “Concrete Waves” off her latest record Banshee and it immediately caught my attention with its dark, psychedelic, guitar-driven intro that seemed to recall the
mysterious sound of Portishead. Then, the song downshifts dynamically into soulfully light keys and understated, subtle lyrics from Morris: “Did you ever ride a concrete wave?” During the interview with NPR, Morris explained the meaning of the song:
“I got that [song] from skateboarding. I used to skateboard when I was 15 for a brief second,” Morris says, laughing. “It didn’t go well. I did it to meet guys, and that didn’t go well, either. But with skateboarding, you’re gliding, you’re going fast, sometimes you’re on a ramp and you just feel on top of the world. But if you hit a pebble, you go flying off your skateboard and there’s nothing to catch you. It’s the pavement. It hurts. With a concrete wave, the metaphor to that is just following through with a moment of what feels good. It might wreak a lot of havoc, but it’s so worth it for that second of being on the top.”
Listen to “Concrete Waves” below:
What else do you need to know? She’s definitely committed to her music and her sound, and she won’t let a minor setback get in her way — she didn’t make the first cut on American Idol. But she did garner some attention when her cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On Your Crazy Diamond” was featured in the trailer for the movie Dead Man Down starring Colin Pharrell. You can listen to that cover below:
And we’ll all be in for a treat if she happens to do that cover at The Basement tonight. Come on out and arrive early. You can’t miss this performance, and it’s free!